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N.L. Crab Season Seeing Higher Prices and Good Catches

Despite a rocky start to the season, reports of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2024 crab season have been overwhelmingly positive. Before the start of the season, pricing negotiations between the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) broke down, leading to a week-long holdout while harvesters fought for a higher price for their catch. Initially, the Standing Fish Price Setting Panel set a floor price of $2.60 per pound for snow crab before ...

Three Decades of Serving the Marine Industry – The TriNav Group of Companies Turns 30

Above: TriNav Group of Companies directors (L-R) Trevor Decker, Rick Young and Paul Pinhorn.   Three decades ago, three young Newfoundlanders were nearing the end of their contracts with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and were at a crossroads. Rather than competing with one another, the three joined forces to create a proverbial one-stop-shop for the marine and commercial fishing industries. Now, Trevor Decker, Rick Young and Paul Pinhorn are celebrating the ...

N.L. Snow Crab Fishery Begins After Week-Long Pricing Dispute

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) and the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) recently came to an agreement to start the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery with a minimum price of $3 per pound, up from the previous decision of $2.60. The agreement was announced on April 14, around 12 hours before a union-led demonstration was scheduled in St. John’s to protest the previous pricing decision and after a week-long tie-up wherein none of the province’s 57,586-tonne ...

Lobster Hits $20/Pound in Southwestern Nova Scotia

Above: The lobster fishing boat Wave Buster XVII steams out of Pubnico Harbour, bound for the fishing grounds. Kathy Johnson photo   A record-setting price of $20 a pound was being paid to lobster harvesters in southwestern Nova Scotia as March was winding down. “I’ve heard numbers above $19 before but hitting $20 is something new,” said Kris Vascotto, executive director of the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance. “That’s a big number. The other LFAs (lobster fishing areas) ...

N.L. Harvesters Secure Outside Buyers, but Price Decisions Could Spell Further Unrest

Above: John Efford Jr., flanked by FFAW President Greg Pretty (Left) and FFAW Secretary Treasurer Jason Spingle (Right), address the crowd of harvesters after their meeting with Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture Minister Elvis Loveless.    Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters won what they considered a major victory in late March, only for their enthusiasm to be dashed by what they see as another year of disappointing snow crab prices. Now, facing a minimum price of $2.60 per ...

Lack of Understanding of Fire Suppression Systems a Factor in Atlantic Destiny Sinking

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has issued a safety concern regarding insufficient crew knowledge on how to properly use carbon dioxide (CO2) fixed fire suppression systems following the investigation into the sinking of the fishing vessel Atlantic Destiny. With 31 crew on board, the 39.2-metre Atlantic Destiny, operated by Ocean Choice International, left Riverport, Nova Scotia on Feb. 17, 2021 for a 21-day scallop-fishing trip to the fishing grounds near Georges Bank. It ...

Lacklustre Lobster Season Continues in Southwestern N.S.

Above: Below: The Hit n Miss 1 steams into the Falls Point wharf in Woods Harbour, N.S. during the winter lobster fishery. Kathy Johnson photos   With winter weather finally settling in, the lobster fishery in Southwestern Nova Scotia slowed to a snail’s pace in February. The winter fishery has “been pretty normal considering the way the season started,” said Tommy Amirault president of the Coldwater Lobster Association. “It started down and never really got up, but the ...

Weak Market Conditions Could Impact 2024 Snow Crab Prices

With price negotiations currently underway for the Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishery, well-known market analyst John Sackton warned stakeholders to temper their expectations. Before the beginning of price negotiations between the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW), the government of Newfoundland and Labrador released a recommended pricing formula, known as the Blackwood Formula, for the consideration of both parties. The FFAW ...

N.L. Snow Crab Stocks Remain Steady Going Into 2024

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently released its 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab stock assessment, showing little change in the stock going into the 2024 fishing season. According to Julia Pantin, the DFO biologist responsible for this year’s snow crab technical briefing, the stocks off N.L. have seen little change from the previous year. “All assessment divisions are projected to remain within the healthy zone, except for assessment division 2HJ off ...

Sharp Designs from Sharpie’s Signs

Jason Sharpe of Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, has made a career of painting fishing boats over the last 30 years, having worked on around 2,000 different vessels. Sharpe took to painting from a young age. As a young boy, he always excelled in art class. According to Sharpe, he was able to draw just as well or better than his art teacher at the time. “We used to have education week. All the students would draw pictures, and whoever had the best picture would win a silver ...